GROUPS involved in local and neighbourhood projects that would benefit those in the greatest need could be eligible for grants from Cambridge City Council.
The council’s Area Committee Grants are available to groups across the city, including non-profit, voluntary and community organisations, or groups of local residents.
Grants are awarded to help fund various aspects of a project benefiting people living in a particular part of the city, such as:
- Venue hire for community, arts or sports activities;
- Transport for trips by younger or older residents;
- Materials for art projects.
Funding priorities for the grants are for projects that help reduce social and / or economic inequality for disadvantaged residents, as part of the council’s ongoing Anti-poverty Strategy
Groups can apply to one of the council’s four area committees, covering the North, East, South and West/Central areas of the city for funding for projects or activities which will take place between 1 April 2019 and 31 March 2020.
Applications from groups opened on 3 January, with different deadlines in February, depending on the area of the city. Councillors will then decide on the grant applications that are received at the respective Area Committee meetings in March and April.
Cllr Anna Smith, Executive Councillor for Communities, said: “I am really proud to be part of a council which sets aside so much funding for community groups. The Area Committee Grants are a really important part of this.
“Our city offers so many opportunities, but it is also an unequal city, and these grants are one way in which we hope to help create a more equal city. I would urge any community group which fits the criteria to submit a bid.”